October 1 2018: Goodle today honours Dr. Govindappa Venkataswamy (1 October 1918 – 7 July 2006) with a doodle on his birth centenary.
Dr V as he was known, was an Indian ophthalmologist who dedicated his life to eliminate needless blindness. He was the founder and former chairman of Aravind Eye Hospitals, the largest provider of eye care in the world. He is best known for developing a high quality, high volume, low-cost service delivery model that has restored sight to millions of people.
Since inception, Aravind Eye Care System (a registered non-profit organisation) has seen over 55 million patients, and performed over 6.8 million surgeries. Over 50% of the organisation's patients pay either nothing or highly subsidised rates. Revenues from patients who choose to pay subsidise care for the rest. Aravind regularly runs a surplus primarily through earned revenue from patient services, and does not solicit donations for its core activities. Its scale and self-sustainability prompted a 1993 Harvard Business Case Study on the Aravind model.
Venkataswamy was permanently crippled by rheumatoid arthritis at age 30. He trained as an ophthalmologist, and personally performed over 100,000 eye surgeries. In 1976, at the age of 58, he retired from government service and founded Aravind in Madurai, Tamil Nadu along with his four siblings and their spouses. The hospital began as an 11-bed clinic that operated out of a rented house. Today, the Aravind Eye Care System includes a network of 7 tertiary care eye hospitals, 6 secondary eye care centres, and 70 primary eye care centres in South India. ( source: Wikipedia)